My Philippine vacation, part 2

Hello, there.  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

My  last post  was about crying at sad movies, and I listed down some of the movies that tugged at my heartstrings.  But I forgot one…. the last Toy Story movie.  I cried at that part where grown -up Andy  bequeathes  gives away his beloved  treasures  toys  to a little  girl.   Well, I did  exactly the same thing this week.  I   finally said  goodbye to my beloved Barbie doll and Toy Story  collection and donated them to , I hope, a  deserving brat child who will take care of my stuff lovingly.

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.In that box are over a hundred  beautiful Barbie gowns and dresses, a revolving dress closet, kitchen, dresser,  ( I gave away that stupid  cute barbie car a long time ago), etc.  and most importantly, my Toy Story toys… Woody, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head,  Jessie,  and  sadly, my beloved Buzz Lightyear.  * Buzz, parting is such sweet sorrow.  But I’m an adult now. I can’t play with you anymore.  So, here’s to you, pal….  To Virginity  Infinity and Beyond !!!!! *

Oh. I’m keeping my complete collection of Pokemon cards.  Sorry, kid.  You don’t know what my mother  I went through to complete it.  Not gonna happen.

So…….. here’s part 2 of my fun vacation in the Philippines, as promised.

We spent the first few days after our arrival visiting malls, shopping, and tasting Filipino foods and delicacies at the mall food courts.  So, okay, not all were Filipino foods,  like this Japanese omurice rice ( fried rice wrapped in omelette ) and sizzling steak with mushroom gravy.

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That red thing is ketchup. I think Filipinos love ketchup., seriously.  I mean, my father drowns his sunny side up  in that thing and my Mom does  it with French fries. Half a bottle of ketchup is used up for medium sized fries.   Oh, and it has to be Del Monte catsup, not Hunt’s, nor Heinz…  Eh, what am I saying …..

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.Steak, with rice, and I don’t know if you can see the sunny side up, but it’s there, with the carrots and beans. Ha ha What a combo. Both dishes are USD 2 each.  Cheap, huh.

Photos below  are of   family reunion at our house.

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That’s me in the photo, looking bored. But I wasn’t bored.  I was concentrating on the Monopoly game.

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Just a few slice of life photos above.

The following day, we were invited  by a relative to see the smallest volcano in the world,  Taal Volcano , located about an hour drive ( 50 km./31 mi ) from our house.  Taal Volcano is active,  in fact,  there were so much seismic activities  that were detected in 2011.  Its last violent eruption was in 1977.

The drive to Taal was quite interesting .  Our relative, who was also the driver, played the same songs over and over again… ABBA, Tears for Fears, and one singer  whose name I can’t recall at the moment. Worse, she and my Mom knew the lyrics… so yeah.  * You are the dancing queen,  young and sweet, only seventeen….lalala ” .  The singing was interrupted when Mom opened the glove compartment and saw a small gun.  ” What the h*ll  ! ”  So, okay, our relative ia a senior Prosecutor in the city of Manila, and that gun was issued to her by the mayor for her protection.  Three years ago, she prosecuted the mistress of a rich man for attempted murder. Our relative received death threats purportedly made by the mistress’s relative. They are now both in jail.  And our relative assured us there were no bullets in the gun. Still…. Anyway, they continued singing.  It drove  me crazy.  And then I saw this……

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Then this…..

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.Can you read it ?  It says ” Warning.  P 2,000 ( $46) Minimum Payment for Bumping Barrier. ”  Ha ha ha !   We don’t have that here in the  US !

Well, I have to stop here.  Part 2 of our Taal Volcano trip will be on my next post.

 

Thank you for reading , folks ! be well, and PEACE !

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74 responses to this post.

  1. Goodbye Barbie
    Goodbye Ken!
    Thanks for the ride.
    Life in plastic, was fantastic!

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    • Oh, yes… I had Ken. I had no accesories for him. I bought him wearing a suit, and that was all he had. Poor Ken.

      Playing with Barbie gave me immense joy. I was a new immigrant kid then, and played alone all thru my childhood days. I think my parents overcompensated by buying me so many stuff to play with.

      Ooooh, now I’m feeling nostalgic.

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  2. Love that Barbie case. I hope you had a nice trip.
    Thank you too for your recent visit and support.xo

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    • It was a lovely trip, Debra. And I liked that barbie case too. I gave it away so that the kid can have the complete set. I didn’t want to give half-heartedly.

      You have my prayers and support, Deb. I’;m sorry for your loss…. oh, gosh, what else can I say. It’s hard.

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  3. Posted by theipc on September 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Are the eyes blurred out in those pictures or is it my eyes??

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  4. Great shots Renx, I bet you were downright brutal on Monopoly raking in all the profits 😛

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  5. I think one of the movies that made me shed tears the most was “E.T.” – – the film about the little extra-terrestrial that got stuck on earth and needed to get back home.

    The next one was a movie called, “Ghost” and the great crying scene was at the end of the movie when the ghost appeared to his soul-mate who had not yet died and they played this really haunting song . . . my tears flowed shamelessly at this one.

    I love a good crying movie once in awhile because it kind of cleans me out and refreshes me in some strange fashion.

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    • Ghost made me shed tears too, especially when he says his final goodbye, and says, I love you, Molly… then he starts to disappear into the light. We have a dvd copy of the movie, and I think I watched it several times, and without fail, I’d cry at the ending.

      Tears cleanse our tear ducts too. It’s good for us to cry once in a while.

      Cheers, Sir John.

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  6. wow – this is such unique and beautiful experience to share!!

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  7. Pokemon cards. You reminded me of Haunter, my favorite Pokemon. Never wanted him to evolve. Haha!

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    • I do want to give them away, Bro. Allen. But when i saw the album again, I just couldn’t, even though it was just sitting in the shelf, gathering dust.

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  8. I am feeling you Ren, you parted with some wonderful treasures there and that is hard to do, but it shows what is alive in your heart! When you give and share happiness always blossoms within your own heart and those who you share with,,,hugs!

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  9. Reading this reminded me of the emotion I felt when my mother gave away my first and only train set. I was very distressed, although not encouraged to say so. I am hopelessly sentimental about these kind of things, and I probably would have kept that doll, in case I had a daughter or a niece who could enjoy it in due time, but then I am very silly as we know

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  10. I’m pretty sure if I know someone I would be able to recognize them even with the eyes blurred.

    Also, a gun without bullets is like . . . well, I’m not religious, but I imagine it would be like prayers without god.

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    • Maybe she lied ? My mother didn’t check if it was loaded or not. She closed the compartment immediately and asked her why she had a gun there. So she told us the story. In fact, she had a bodyguard for 2 months. The case was a failed hit job.

      I think you’re right about the blurred faces. Hmmm, I blur it some more.

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  11. Nice one. Keep writing, keep sharing. 🙂 Have fun.

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  12. *hehehe* – nothing like live music while driveing… 😀

    Great post… 😉

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    • He he he…. 2 old headbangers in our midst. Their enthusiasm was contagious. I ended up hummimg the songs the whole day. I couldn’t get them out of my head. lol

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  13. wow, mukhang nag enjoy ka sa pagbisita. hello. kamusta naman.

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  14. I loved the words you crossed out ❤

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  15. Ketchup used to be my all time favorite food. I think, if needed, I could survive on ketchup with the occasional dose of chocolate. 😛

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  16. Your photo gallery on your avatar is really nice. Your photo gallery on your avatar page is the first one I have seen and I think it is a really great touch.

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  17. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on October 7, 2014 at 1:29 am

    i had a few barbies, I hated barbies. I had barbie and the rockers. Rocker barbie. rocker dana, rocker derek, and then those no name brand barbies.
    I love ketchup, Heinz is the best. I use ketchup and mayo on my fries. Yum!!!
    when my niece was little, she was so obsessed with ketchup, we couldnt say ketchup, and she would just eat it as is. gross! 🙂

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    • rebecca, my mother swears by Del Monte. Try Del Monte and compare and then lemmme know. lol I like Del Monte. It’s not too sour.

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      • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on October 10, 2014 at 1:39 am

        i might have to try that. I dont know if we get that here. we have heinz, or no name. ohhh yum. no name. the taste of vinnegar. ugh

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  18. You always tell a really cool story of the happenings in your life. Peace.

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  19. Nice reading about your vacation! Looking forward to part 2 🙂
    Your house looks homey 🙂

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  20. Posted by R. on October 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hahaha I still have my pokemon cards too

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    • Yep, it would be hard to give that stuff away.

      Cheers, R, and let’s hold on to our collection. lol

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    • Oh, my, gosh ! ! ! Rob ! ! ! I didn’t know it was you ! ! * that’s because you’re always changing your avatar and not updating your blog ! * How are you, my old friend ? I miss you ! ! * and our almost daily chats * Maybe because you’re ” busy” ? * wink*

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      • Posted by R. on October 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

        Hehe, miss you too. We should try to arrange a catch up sometime! I’ve been neglecting blogging, and also trying to be more anonymous on the internet. But I’m good though, how about you?? Hah, I’ve been “busy” almost a year now, so it’s going well 😀

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  21. Happy vacation Ren 🙂

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  22. Posted by Initiator ;-) on October 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    nice vocations…! 😉

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  23. Invite you to watch a new photo album on my blog.
    I wish you a successful new week.

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  24. Wonderfully presented, lovely pictures and beautiful words!!!

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  25. Koreans eat omurice, too. Volcano?!!! =)

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    • Yeah, Filipinos, too, but they don’t have a name for that. They just eat fried rice and omelette together in the morning for breakfast. lol Cheers, Holistic Wayfarer !

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  26. Is that the house your family built last year? It looks wonderful! What a gorgeous place to spend a vacation:) Looking forward to read about the volcano:)

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    • No, that ;s our house when were still living in the Philippines. We didn’t sell the house when we immigrated to the US. I posted a pic of the ” vacation ” house a few posts ago, titled ” My Fun Vacation in the Philippines”. Check it out. There’s a before and after photo of the vacation house.

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  27. Posted by supernova1c on October 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Lovely post Ren, loved seeing the fam and of course the food! Take care, James 🙂

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  28. aah, I remember being swindled out of my Barbie collection by a woman at the flea market. I had not idea how much my circa 1950’s dolls, clothing, shoes and cases were worth – she paid me $5 for everything!!!

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  29. I’m suddenly hungry reading your post! Don’t stop enjoying yourself!!

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  30. Looks like you’ve had a great family time! Nice!!! 🙂

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  31. Sorry my comment arrived here too late. I’m sure you had a great time here. Whenever you visit the Ph, you are most likely bombarded by two things food and more food lol

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